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Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto, Dr. Tom Belle Davidson and Dr. Joyce Wu gather with members of the Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children Fund

(From left) Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto, Dr. Tom Belle Davidson and Dr. Joyce Wu gather with members of the Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children Fund during the 7th Annual Faculty Presentation and Awards Day on May 10. Photo: Don Ponturo

Today's and Tomorrow's Children Fund (TTCF) was born out of the belief that, by pooling their donations, a group of committed individuals can award a major gift every year to make an important difference in the work of talented UCLA pediatrics faculty members, whose cutting-edge research benefits the boys and girls at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. TTCF had 67 members in 2012, each committing $5,000 or more. As a result, $348,000 was directed to three members of the pediatrics faculty. Since its inception in 2006, TTCF has raised more than $1.5 million to fund 13 innovative research projects.

  • Dr. Tom Belle Davidson, assistant professor of pediatric hematology/oncology, received the grand prize for her research on dendritic-cell vaccination for pediatric high-grade glioma patients.

  • Dr. Joyce Wu, associate professor of pediatric neurology, earned an award for her work on high-frequency oscillations as a potential biomarker for pediatric epilepsy.

  • Dr. Julian Martinez-Agosto, assistant professor in the departments of Human Genetics and Pediatrics, received an award for his research on genetic risk factors for autism and cancer predisposition.

To learn more about Today's and Tomorrow's Children Fund, go to: www.uclahealth.org/ttcf

 





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